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“To Promote the General Welfare”: Addressing Political Corruption in America

Jul 2015
Working Paper
By  Bruce Owen
Systemic (but lawful) political corruption reduces well-being and equity in America. Madisonian democracy is no longer capable of containing such corruption. Proposals currently on the table to stem corruption are unlikely to be effective without undermining foundational rights. This essay describes a new approach—regulating the output of corrupted legislative and administrative processes, rather than the inputs. Providing for substantive ex post review of direct and delegated legislation would be far more protective of the “general welfare” of the People than other reforms, while no more or less difficult to implement.
Publication Keywords: 
Madisonian Democracy
Political Economy
Separation of Powers
Public Choice
Constitutional Economics
Constitutional Law
Political Corruption